Steve McClaren worked with Cheick Tiote in his Dutch Championship winning season at FC Twente and he has today intimated he may want to keep Cheick at Newcastle, although Cheick was making noises all season about wanting to leave Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – in action last season
Cheick only appeared 12 times for Newcastle last term, but he’s been a decent player for us these last five years after we picked him up for a bargain £3.5M from Twente in August of 2010 after Graham Carr had been watching his progress for a number of years.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been interested in the 61 times capped Ivorian international in the past, but we’d be surprised if any one of those top clubs still are interested in the player who turned 29 next Sunday.
The records show that Cheick played 43 times with one goal for FC Twente in 2009-2010 and in his three seasons at Enschede, he played 86 times with one goal.
Steve McClaren has talked about Cheick today:
“He didn’t play much for us at Twente, which was a strange one. But he’s done very well for Newcastle and I like Cheick. I know him well and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
Steve McClaren will want to take a look at the players and talk with them when they come back in early July for pre-season training, and if players need to be sold there would still be time in August to unload them if that’s what the club wants to do.
But it will be important for McClaren to take a look at them first hand, before decisions are made on who to sell.
For the record Cheick Tiote has played 130 times for Newcastle in five seasons with that stupendous goal against Arsenal that equalized the scores at 4-4 in February, 2011.
It’s the only goal he’s scored for the Magpies but what a goal – take another look at this fabulous goal after 88 minutes – I can promise you it will have you smiling.
Fantastic – there’s a great memory right there – it could only happen at Newcastle.